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Last year we made our very first Valentine gingerbread house. I had intended to do one for every holiday, but I kind of forgot. I want to do it this year, and I even bought up a bunch of gingerbread houses when they went on sale at Michael’s for $2.99. After our colossal Christmas gingerbread house failure, you’d figure I’d give up, but that’s not our style. A friend of mine wrote me saying she had a recipe she grew up using that holds really firm, so I was able to get her recipe. It worked. I still had to hold the roof on for a while until my husband figured out how to prop it up with a deck of cards. It’s still standing though, so I call that a success.
We purchased an array of red, pink and purple candy.
We made the roof out of Nibs. I think they look a lot like roof tiles. I had set out all the candy options, and this was their choice. It’s a smart choice, I think.
It’s so fun to see the girls learning to use a piping bag. Abby is pretty much doing it by herself now. Kenzie still needs a bit of assistance. Both of them really enjoy it.
They had a great time looking at the candy and deciding what candy they wanted to use where and then assembling. They did a great job taking turns, which was encouraging.
I have found it easiest to have the kids decorate the gingerbread house while the sides are laying down unassembled.